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US AFSOC wants to improve dwell times

19 November 2019
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  • US Air Force Special Operations Command is considering a reorganisation to give operators more time at home
  • This will better prevent burn out and help the command refocus on the high-end fight

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) wants to improve dwell times or give operators more time at home as it prepares for the high-end fight against near-peer adversaries, according to a key officer.

Brigadier General David Harris, AFSOC director of strategic plans, programs, and requirements, said on 18 November that dwell times have swelled over the last 18 years during campaigns against less-capable adversaries and that the command wants a more sustainable operations tempo. Dwell times are expressed as ratios in six month increments. For example, Brig Gen Harris said AFSOC is at 1:2.5 dwell time, which would be six months deployed for 15 months at home. This is a problem, he said, as it burns out operators who perform under that dwell time for extended periods.

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